Saturday, October 1, 2011

Writing exercise from Plein Air Writing Workshop, led by Kathe Izzo, at the education center and grounds of Olana, Hudson, NY, this morning
For this exercise, write of a door, a way-in that reveals itself to you...  step out into nature, look, listen, let yourself become aware... first find the door, then write about it...


The door is hidden on the
wall behind the medieval
tapestry, an intricate weave
of green and browns and
black skeletal forms of
bare trees in relief against
a woolly blaze of ornate
foliage, made up each of
just a stitch - or a
single leaf, or smaller
than that, a cell, but
then accreting, accumu-
lating with wild
plenitude, emphatic in
its exposition, depicting
a landscape beneath
grey skies, at which a
needlepointed woman, in a
black knit sweater, stands at a
stone wall & writes.

The Unicorn is Found, second of seven Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries, 1495-1505, Southern Netherlands, wool warp with wool, silk, silver, and gilt wefts, 145 x 149in. (368.3 x 378.5cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters

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